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5 Star Wars Quotes To Motivate You To Change The World

Thursday, May 04, 2017
by Humanitarian Institute


We all have those moments.

Life feels overwhelming. Goals seem unattainable. The pressure to conform oppressive.

But don’t despair and don’t lower your sights. Shun scepticism and pessimism. Because the future doesn't need to be worse than the past we inherited.

Sometimes it takes little, enjoyable moments to reset.

Savour thes

e inspirational quotes from some of your favourite galactic characters. Take away what you will - but we feel they are applicable in life and humanitarian work.


“You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi

The narrative needs to change. For too long the perception of the humanitarian sector has been dictated by marketing and communications teams. The reality is inherently more complex. Political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal variables make ‘solving the world’s problems’ incredibly difficult - money alone won’t do. We need talented people to choose humanitarian work.


"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." - Yoda

Once a realisation occurs that one can develop a career in global development, fear is often a bedfellow. Fear of failure. Fear of not getting a job. Fear of insecurity. Remember risks can be managed.

It’s important you develop the skills you need to flourish in complex contexts!


“It’s a trap.” - Admiral Ackbar

The cycle of western life - School, Uni, Work, Kids, Mortgage, Death  - life is too short to do unimportant work. Make your time count.


"Always pass on what you have learned." - Yoda

In international development it’s critical that the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours of individuals, communities and countries (at home and abroad) are enhanced.

People must be empowered to make their own decisions. Combined with an enabling environment and we may get somewhere.


"You must unlearn what you have learned." - Yoda

Gotta love Yoda. Development is complex. No two solutions are the same. A project successfully implemented in one location is often unlikely to succeed in another. Every context has different variables at play. Sometimes a competent humanitarian must unlearn all they think they know to be able to discover a path forward.

Now get out there and don’t relent.


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When building a successful humanitarian career… opportunities don’t happen, you create them.

Why are our world’s biggest challenges getting worse? What if… Talent was mobilised to work on humanity’s greatest threats? People mastered the skills required to create sustainable change? You could direct your passion and skills toward positive global development? What if… We gave you the skills to meet your humanitarian potential? We raised your hidden talents and untapped knowledge? We were deliberate about preparing you for the rigours of development work? We facilitated your journey into a humanitarian career? What if…You became a 21st century humanitarian?

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